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The NHSBSA Armed Forces Network's first live event

The NHSBSA Armed Forces Network was pleased to announce the launch of its first live virtual event. It was delivered in collaboration with our newly formed ‘Veteran Support Partnership’. This consists of a variety of employers and veteran support organisations.

The ‘Support Event’ took place on 12 May and aimed to support the Armed Forces Community in aspects such as:

  • housing
  • financial support
  • mental health and well-being
  • fraud and financial crime

Stephen Downer from the Business Improvement Team at NHS Pensions explains:

“Armed forces veterans are often recognised for their wide skill set. Many organisations realise that ex-forces employees exhibit much needed cross-functional skills, notably team-working, motivating others, communication, problem-solving, organisational skills and strategic thinking."

“My 12 years’ service as a policeman in the Royal Air Force, and subsequent service as a Constable in the Metropolitan Police, provided me with the skills and values required for a seamless transition into the workplace in ‘civvy street’. However, for some, the transition isn’t as straightforward and being able to go somewhere for support and advice from people who understand some of the challenges veterans can face is really important.”

Although the event was predominately aimed at the Armed Forces Community, advice and support was pulled together to potentially benefit everyone. The agenda below lists the speakers across the Veteran Support Partnership that contributed to the event.

If you would like to broaden your awareness of the Armed Forces Community and the potential barriers they may face, be sure to revisit our page for details on further upcoming events. 

The agenda for the day

Time Topic Speaker
10am Welcome

Neil Emery

10:10am Housing Abigail Smith and Dave Fletcher
Armed Forces Outreach Service
10:30am Family support Tommy Watson
Walking with the Wounded
10:50am Mental health

Mel Maughan

Syd Niven
Northern Growth Academy

11:20am Financial advice

Chris Carter
Newcastle Building Society

Clive David
Newcastle City Council

11:50am Fraud and financial crime Sarah Blyth
Newcastle Building Society
12:10pm Question and answer